How ultimate equality destructs the society
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among
these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
This famous quote from United States Declaration is often used as the
symbol of equality. Fahrenheit 451, a prestigious novel written in 1953 by Ray
Bradbury, is the book that questions us about the how equality should be.
In Fahrenheit 451, the author depicts a destructed society caused by ultimate
sought of equality by people. Everyone thinks they are happy to be same
with others; watching the same TV program, supporting the same politician
and identifying books as the enemy of equality and their happiness. Bradbury
depicts how much the world will be boring and how the society will collapse
under these conditions. If we seek for equality too hard, although we might
be “equal”, we will all be the same. Equality, often said to be the fundamental
of happy life, does not necessarily lead to happiness within people and it is
depicted in many ways in this novel.
Censorship is one of the main characteristics of the society set in Fahrenheit
451. There are many parts that suggest the censorship is under way. The
reason why seeking of equality leads to censorship is that as Beatty state
in the conversation between Montag, it is because “__________”. Although it
seems to be legitimate explanation, the question is, is it good for the people?
Does this kind of equality makes people happy? Denying every information or
knowledge from everyone surely does eliminate the difference of knowledge
or information between people but is that something that is not necessary the
equality we should be hoping for; equality that respect character of each other
and accepting it. Hence, censorship in the world of Faharenheit 451 is very...